Weather Update: Light rain on south coast with Northern Cape fire warning

Cape Town - Light rain expected on the south coast and Garden Route, and high fire conditions for Northern Cape on Tuesday, 18 September.

From Hermanus in the Western Cape to Port Edward in the Eastern Cape there will be 30% chance of rain.

The SA Weather Service has also issued a warning for high fire conditions over the north-eastern parts of the Norther Cape.

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The new week begins with more alerts of extremely high fire danger conditions that are expected over the western parts of the North West, including Vryburg.


The isolated showers on the south coast will be accompanied by a weak cold front.

Cape water crisis continues

With minimal rainfall throughout the Western Cape, the province continues to experience severe drought conditions. Water usage remains critical as the City of Cape Town announced that the Level 5 water restrictions would see further increase in pressure management. 

“There is now a new emphasis on capping excessive water use at the domestic household level and placing additional restrictions on the commercial sector.”

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According to News24's latest report, dam storage levels have dropped and the average level is 37.5%, with only 27.5% of the water being useable. Collective consumption has gone up to 624 million litres of water per day. This is 124 million litres above the target of 500 million litres. 

This time last year, dams were 61% full. Theewaterskloof Dam is currently at 28,8% (2016: 51%); Voëlvlei Dam is at 26,7% (2016: 66%) and Clanwilliam Dam 39.8% (2016: 100%). Brandvlei Dam is 32% (2016: 53%).

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Temperatures for your city

Minimum temperatures on Tuesday will be very cold in the Free State and northeastern parts of Northern Cape, while cool in the rest of the country.

The coldest place in South Africa will be Sutherland in Northern Cape, dropping to below freezing at -3°C.

Maximum temperatures on Monday will be cool in most of Western Cape, coastal parts of Eastern Cape and southern parts of Mpumalanga and northwestern parts of Free State. The rest of the country will be warm with central Northern Cape reaching hot temperatures. 

The hottest places in the country will be Upington in the Northern Cape, reaching a high of 33°C.

Click here to see the specific forecast for your city over the next few days

Gauteng's Pretoria will reach a warm 27°C and Johannesburg will be 25°C, while Bloemfontein in the Free State will see a high of 28°C.

Along the the coasts, Cape Town in the Western Cape will be a cool 18°C, while KwaZulu-Natal's Durban will see a high of 26°C. Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will reach 20°C.

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